Friday, February 24, 2017

Graceful Still Life ~ Power Poppy


Happy Friday!!  I don't know about you, but I am so ready for the weekend!!  Life has been crazy!!  
But first, I'd like to share today's card with you right now.  I just adore this little digital vignette, called Graceful Still Life, that Marcella released on the 15th of this month.  Isn't it just super charming!!  I love how she combined the Roses and Dogwoods with little extras like the sweet hat and charming stack of books.  And don't you just love that darling little pitcher as the vase?

I did a bit of editing in Photoshop to get the sentiment along the bottom.  It's a much larger sentiment, and I only wanted to include the last little line on the front of my card.  So I cropped out all the rest and added it underneath the image.

Everything is colored with Copics, and the frame was diecut using Spellbinders' Labels 47 Decorative Elements die.  I randomly covered it with Versamark ink, and added some Shabby White Embossing Enamel to vintage it up a bit.  I also antiqued it up a bit by ink distressing inside the frame, while it was still inside the die, using Ranger's Antique Linen Distress Ink.

I'm showing a close-up so you can see the Embossing enamel a bit better.  It has some gold and glitter in it, so the shimmer in real life is striking.  If you click on the photo, it shows even a bit more.

That's it for me today.  There's still time to participate in the this month's No-Line Coloring Power and Spark Challenge.  If you participate, you'll be entered to win a free clear or 3 digital stamp sets.  It's definitely worth a try.

Be sure to check out the following Bloom Brigaders for some more inspiration too:

CopicsRoses ~ V06, V05, V01 Dogwood ~ V01, V05 Leaves ~ G46, G43, G40 Vase and Seed Book ~ C7, C5, C3, C1, BG09, BG05, BG01, BG0000 Hat ~ E29, E27, E25, E23, E21 Hat Band and Top Book ~ YR27, YR24, YR21

Thanks for dropping by!!
I hope you have a fabulous weekend!!

  Happy Stamping!


StampsGraceful Still Life (Power Poppy Digital)
Paper:  X-Press It, Pion
Ink:  Printer, Antique Linen (Ranger Distress)
Dies:  Labels 47 Decorative Elements (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Copics, Shabby White Embossing Enamel (Stampendous), Pearls (Pizzazz Aplenty) 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Pansy: No line Coloring ~ Power Poppy, Hello, Hello!!  I realize it's not Friday, so this post is probably a bit unexpected, but  today is the release date for a new Power Poppy digital image called Pansies.  

Pansies are near and dear to my heart.  My mother's favorite flower was the Pansy, and mine is the Sunflower.  I moved over 2000 miles away when I got married over 27 years ago, so our time together was always very precious.  First thing in the morning, I would get out "our" mugs and we would share a cup of coffee together.  She had her Pansy mug, and I had my Sunflower mug.  These mugs must be at least 25+ years old because she's been gone over 22 years now.  But I still have them, and they are treasured as well as the memories!  

Power Poppy has a new challenge for the month too, hosted by our dear, and oh-so-talented Bloom Brigader, Cindy Lawrence.  She is challenging us to use the No line coloring technique. 
This card was a challenge for me because this was the very first time I tried the "No line coloring" technique by myself.  (I took some Copic classes where it was taught, but that is quite different from going out on your own...)  It was a challenge, and I have a very long ways to go, but I am happy that I actually tried it.

I printed the image in a light gray and colored it with Copics.  I also used some pointillism in the background, as well as a burnishing technique for the flowers to give them some extra depth and texture.  I posted a "Burnishing" tutorial on the Power Poppy blog a couple of years ago, that you can find it HERE.

That's it for my project.  Now be sure to check out the following Bloom Brigade blogs for some incredible inspiration!
CopicsFlowers ~ V0000, V000, V01, V20, Y0000, Y00, Y35 Leaves ~ G24, G21, G20 Background ~ T0, T1, T2, B00

Thank you so much for dropping by!  I hope your week is off to a fantastic start!

  Happy Stamping!


StampsPansies (Power Poppy Digital)
Paper:  X-Press It, Enchanted Garden Collection (Bo Bunny), Bazill, White (PTI) 
Ink:  Printer
Dies:  Double Stitched Oval (Die-namics), Double Pierced Rectangle (Avery Elle), Stitched Picot Ribbon (Jillian Vance Design)
Accessories:  Copics, Rhinestones (Pizzazz Aplenty), Embossing Folder (We R Memory Keepers), Sewing Machine 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Simply Camellias ~ Power Poppy

Hello creative friends!!  Does Friday seem to sneak up on you sometimes?  I am so lost in my days this week.  It probably has something to do with getting home on Tues. after attending some new Copic Classes and Creativation this past week.  One day melds into the next, and it's hard to keep track.

Well, since it is actually Friday, I have a Power Poppy card to share with you today using one of my favorite sets called Simply Camellias.  I can hardly believe I've never colored this Camellia in a bowl, so I was excited to give it a try.  It's all done with Copics, and the decorative paper is all from Pion.

I used a Viva la Verve Sketch from Aug. 2016 so this card came together pretty quickly...for me anyway.

CopicsFlower ~ R81, R83, R85, R89 Stamens ~ YR00, YR14, YR18 Leaves ~ G20, G24, G28, YG01 Bowl ~ G00

For some more inspiration, stop by the blog of my fellow Bloomie, and dear friend, Stacy.

I hope you have a fantastic creative weekend!!

  Happy Stamping!!


StampsSimply Camellias (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Paris Flea Market and To My Valentine (Pion), White Sandy Beach (Gina K)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Smokey Gray (Versafine), Antique Linen and Spun Sugar (RangerDistress)
Dies:  Double Stitched Circle and Stitched Fishtail Flag (Die-namics), Stitched Rectangle (Waltzingmouse), Stitched Sentiment Trio (Jillian Vance Design),  Petite Circle Scallops (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Copics, Buttons (PTI), Burlap String, Clear Wink of Stella 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Sweet Pea Show ~ Power Poppy
Hello, hello, hello!!!  Friday has arrived!!!  And that means it's time to share some fabulous Power Poppy creations.  And still my heart!!  Marcella has designed an absolutely delightful Sweet Pea image that has stolen my heart!!  I needed four cards for four very special ladies this weekend, so I decided to print this new digital Power Poppy image, called Sweet Pea Show, four times in two different sizes and diecut different pieces of it.

Now, my color combination has no rhyme or reason to it, and I'm sorry for that.  I decided to color the images, and then I chose the papers that best coordinated with my coloring.  So, they aren't cohesive.  The sentiments were all embossed and are from two different Power Poppy Clear sets:  Dynamic Duos: Peonies and Tulips and Simply Camellias.

I punched a butterfly for this one and colored it with the same Copics as the flowers.  The center of the butterfly was made using Ebony Black Gloss Crystal drops with a bit of black glitter sprinkled over it while wet.

I added different Nuvo Crystal drops in various patterns and colors to each card.

For the "You're Simply Sweet" card, I also clear embossed the entire diecut piece to coordinate with the embossed dp I used from Kaisercraft.

Copics: Sweet Peas Plum ~ BV08, BV04, BV02, BV01 Magenta ~ V17, V15, V12, V01 Tape ~ T6, T4, T2, T0 Fuschia ~ RV34, RV32, RV10 Turquoise ~ B04, B02, B00 Leaves/Stems ~ G29, G46, G24, G20, YG01

For some more Power Poppy inspiration, check out the following Bloom Brigaders:
Whew...that's finally it for today.  Thank you so much for dropping by!!

 Happy Stamping!

Paper:  X-Press It, White and Smokey Gray (PTI), Old World Travel (Carta Bella), Fairy Dust and Ooh La La (Kaisercraft), Pages of Sweet Moments (BoBunny)
Ink:  Printer, Versamark
Dies:  Stitched Dot Instant Photo Frame (Jillian Vance Design)
Accessories:  Copics, Border Punch (EK Success), White Embossing Powder (Ranger), Glossy Black, Glitter Drops and Ivory Seashell Crystal Drops (Nuvo) 

Friday, January 6, 2017

A Paperwhite Birthday ~ Power Poppy

Hello creative peeps!!  This is my very first card for 2017, and it's for a new Power Poppy Power and Spark Challenge issued by our very dear, sweet and talented Bloomie...Stacy!  She is challenging us to use Winter Flowers for our projects this month, so I chose the gorgeous Paperwhites from the Power Poppy set Glistening Paperwhites
Here are the deets for January's Power and Spark Challenge:  
"When winter comes, many of us long to say goodbye to the chill and say hello to those cheerful and fresh spring flowers! Did you know there are lots of blooms that sprout at the end of winter (you can cheat and include early spring as well)? How about camellias, crocus, paperwhites, holly, snowdrops, or poinsettias? Let's see how you can bring these pretty little petals and glorious greens to life and enjoy this last bit of winter as well!"  Click HERE to check out all the Power Poppy Winter Blooms.

I'm really into plum tones lately.  I don't know why, but I'm drawn to them.  So I decided to color the berries plum, and went with a "sagey" green background and base.  The image is colored with Copics, and the sentiments are from the Power Poppy set Go Wild.

I added some clear Wink of Stella to all the blooms for a bit of sparkle.  If you click on the images, you can see the details more clearly.

I also used one of my old Martha Stewart tag dies to add a sweet little sentiment to my bow.

And lastly, I used papers from the Pion design collection called Christmas in Norway.  I love their soft vintagey colors!

Copics:   Paperwhites ~ W3, W1, Y13, YR27, YR24, YR21 Berries ~ V99, V95, V93, V91 Leaves ~ YG63, YG93, YG61 Stems ~ C6, C4, C2 Background ~ E53, E51, E50

That sums up my project for today.  Be sure to stop by the following Bloom Brigaders for some more inspiration.  And of course, the Power Poppy Blog is always popping with inspiration.
Thank for dropping by!  I'm looking forward to an inspiring 2017.  I hope you'll join me!

  Happy Stamping!

StampsGlistening Paperwhites and Go Wild (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, White (PTI), Christmas in Norway (Pion designs)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Dies:  Labels 28, Decorative Labels 28 (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Copics, Clear Wink of Stella Pen, Silk Ribbon (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Button (PTI), Tag Punch (Martha Stewart, Mini-Dew Drops, Sewing Machine, Silver Fancy Floss (We R Memory Keepers Glitter Neutral)

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

#LoveWins ~ Power Poppy

I made a card today just for the fun of it!!  And I had a blast!!  Since the Christmas season is behind us now, I decided to make a Valentine card using Power Poppy's Good Thinking: Love Notes set.

I hauled out my Minc Machine and went to work.  This baby came together rather quickly and I think it turned out fabulous.  I have to mention that I had some help though...I used today's Splitcoaststampers Sketch designed by Power Poppy's very own, Ally.  You can find the sketch HERE.

Both sentiments were foiled using the Minc Machine, and I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder for the black panel.  I love the sweet little Photo Frame die from Jillian Vance Designs.  

That's it.  The sketch was an easy layout, which I thought was perfect for a masculine card.

Thanks for dropping by!!  I hope you are having a fabulous week!
  Happy Stamping!


StampsGood Thinking: Love Notes (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Vintage Cream and Black (PTI), Yes, Please (MME), Retro Gold Glossy Lustre (Paper Temptress)
Ink:  Toner
Dies:  Stitched Dot Instant Photo Frame (Jillian Vance Designs)
Accessories:  Minc Machine, Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug) 

Friday, December 16, 2016

Power Poppy Birthday Move the Soul Gift Bag


Hello creative friends!!  It's been awhile!!  Life has been busy as I'm sure many of yours has been also.  I'm excited to share a sweet Gift Bag I made for a dear friend of ours.  Since his birthday is in the month of December, I thought it would be fun to make it none Christmas to separate it from the Holidays.  

I used Power Poppy's Move the Soul set for the gift bag front.  It seems he and my husband think that one day they will each own a Harley and will take their adventures to the roads.  Silly boys.  Like that's ever going to happen.  LOL  But it's good to dream right?!?!  My Gift Bag Topper tutorial can be found HERE.
Christine has a thoughtful and fun Power and Spark Challenge this month.  Here is the challenge in her words:  

"The idea is to create something that will be a sweet treat for someone else (so think card, tag, hostess gift, etc) designed to help with those quick Christmas gifts."

I hope you'll get a chance to participate!!

For some more inspiration, check out the following Bloom Brigade Blogs:
That's it for today's project!!  I hope you are all safe from crazy weather, and are enjoying all this year's Holiday festivities!!

  Happy Stamping!

StampsMove the Soul (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, This Guy (PhotoPlay, Black (PTI)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Onyx Black (Versafine), Antique Linen (Ranger Distress)
Dies:  Double Stitched Circle (Die-Namics), Standard Circle (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Copics, Enamel Dots, Score-Pal, Kraft Gift Bag 

Friday, November 25, 2016

Whimsical Wreaths ~ Power Poppy

Hello fellow crafters!!  I hope those of you from the states enjoyed a nice Thanksgiving.   I am very blessed and am so thankful for my family, dear friends, and being able to do what I love...papercrafts.  Thank you for visiting and for your kind comments.  I am so grateful!!

Now, for today's project.

Being that it is the 25th, it is time for another digital release, and Marcella went all out!!  That girl!!  I tell ya!  She has designed four charming wreaths with a variety of sentiments to include inside if you like.  I chose to work with the Wreath: Birch and Evergreen, and to make the background pink since I'm still "Thinking Pink" for this month's Power Poppy Power and Spark Challenge.  There is still time to participate too.  If you enter, you could win a free stamp set!!

For a quick explanation about my card:  The image was sized to fit into this banner die and colored with Copics.  I used pointilism to fill the inside of the frame for bit of pop.  The background was diecut and layered over a pink piece of dp.  And lastly, I added a bit of string and a sweet button to finish it off. 

Copics:  C3, G29, YG95, E49, E47, RV21, E44, E43, E41
Here are the links to the Instant Gardeners and Bloom Brigaders who have some projects to share today:
Jennifer Dove
Broni Holcombe
Cheryl Scrivens

Debbie Olson
Nancy Sheads

Also, right now...TODAY!!  Power Poppy is having a fabulous sale!!  And I mean F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S!!!  You really should head on over to the Power Poppy Blog for all the delicious details!!  Marcy even has a sweet little surprise!!  Don't you love surprises?!?!?!  Is this incredible, or what!?!?!?

That's it for me today, y'all!!  Thank you so much for dropping by!  I hope you enjoy a nice relaxing weekend!!

   Happy Stamping!


StampsWreaths-Birch and Evergreen (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, White (PTI), Winter Wishes Collection (BoBunny)
Ink:  Printer
Dies:  No Two are alike (Penny Black) Stitched A2 Banners and Rectangles (JustRite)
Accessories:  Copics, String, Button (PTI), Rhinestones (Pizzazz Aplenty), Quickie Glue Pen 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Birthday Party Time ~ Power Poppy

Hello my creative friends!!  Fall has finally arrived here in Central California, and I couldn't be more thrilled!!!  Our trees are finally changing color, and the air is crisper.  I thoroughly enjoyed a brisk 36 degree morning today while walking my dogs.  Yes!!!!

I have a special card to share with you today, using Power Poppy's Party Time set.   You see, it's one of our illustrious leaders' birthday on Sunday, and her name happens to be....JULIE!!  So, if you get a chance...hop on over to her blog and wish her a Happy Birthday!  She most definitely deserves a very special day!!  

Since her birthday is during "my Fall"...I thought I'd incorporate Fall colors.  The cake is colored with Copics, and I paper-pieced the banner using Cartabella's Autumn dp.

That's about about sums up today's project.  Now be sure to check out the following Bloom Brigaders for some more inspiration.

Remember, we're still "Thinking Pink" for this month's Power Poppy Power and Spark Challenge.  We would love to see your Pink Christmas creation!!  If you participate, you could win some free Power Poppy stamps!!

Copics ~ R39, R37, R35 R32, G02, G00, YR18, YR15, YR12, BV31, C5, C3, C1, C0

Thank you so much for dropping by!  I hope you get to enjoy a fabulous weekend!!

Happy Stamping!


StampsParty Time (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Autumn (Carta Bella)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Dies:  Stitched Rounded Rectangle (Die-Namics), Stitched Rectangle (Waltzingmouse)
Accessories:  Copics, Enamel Dots 
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